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11 items from 2017

John G. Avildsen, Rocky and Karate Kid Director, Passes Away at 81

16 June 2017 6:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the iconic Rocky and also helmed all three Karate Kid movies, has passed away at 81. While no cause of death was revealed, the director's representative confirmed his death in Los Angeles today. The filmmaker leaves behind a lasting legacy of telling some of the best underdog stories ever put on film.

Variety confirmed the director's death with his rep earlier today, although no further details were given. It hasn't been revealed yet if there will be any sort of public memorial service for the filmmaker. The man was born December 21 1935, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, graduating from the prestigious Hotchkiss School and Nyu. He got his start in the movie business by serving as assistant director on movies helmed by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger.

The late filmmaker made his feature directorial debut in 1969 with Turn To Love, which he also served as the cinematographer on. »

- MovieWeb

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‘A Cat Named Leonard’ VOD Review

24 May 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Gina Gershon, David Zayas, Paul Sorvino, Sean Young, Jeff Kober | Written and Directed by Anthony Tarsitano

Wow, Ralph freaking Macchio… I’ve got to admit, it’s been some time since I saw Daniel Larusso in a movie. So of course I was gonna sit down and watch this flick! But what I did not expect was to find a whole cast of actors that maybe never set the world on fire but I have a certain affinity for.

A Cat Named Leonard is one of those bottle movies that takes place over one day, spending time with various different characters that you just know (because Movies) will all somehow connect to each other at some point or other, you know like Crash, Kids, Clerks, or any other movie of its nature these are just the ones come to mind.

We start the flick by meeting Dominic »

- Kevin Haldon

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Premiere plays Tribeca title 'The Last Poker Game' with Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Renowned 72-year-old neurologist Howard L. Weiner makes his feature directorial debut.

Premiere Entertainment Group has bolstered its sales slate by taking international rights to Tribeca dramedy The Last Poker Game starring Martin Landau and Paul Sorvino.

The film follows a doctor who gets into hot water after befriending a womanising gambler at his wife’s nursing home.

Maria Dizzia also stars in the film that premiered at the New York Film Festival last month.

Renowned 72-year-old neurologist Howard L. Weiner made his feature directorial debut on The Last Poker Game from his own screenplay. He also produced.

Premiere president and CEO Elias Axume and Rincon negotiated the deal with Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Zac Bright on behalf of the producers.

Peter Pastorelli, Eddie Rubin, and Marshall Johnson of Long Road Film also produced, and Tamar Sela and Walter Klenhard served as executive producers.

“This is a charming, touching, and raunchy »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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An Oscar Winner & A 72-Year-Old Neurologist-Turned-Filmmaker Combine For Festival’s Most Unique Movie – Tribeca

24 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

In an industry that caters to youth and is thought to be rampant with ageism, there is some encouraging news coming out of the Tribeca Film Festival tonight. It is the premiere of The Last Poker Game, starring Martin Landau as an aging physician who moves into a nursing home with his ailing wife and strikes up an improbable new friendship with a gambler and womanizer (Paul Sorvino). Landau is 88, and Sorvino is 78, and while it is encouraging that they are still getting… »

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19 Interesting Facts About the Movie Casino

18 April 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When you make a film as unbelievably good as Goodfellas, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with repackaging it, moving it out to Vegas, and making it about running a Casino.   That’s essentially what Martin Scorsese’s movie Casino did.   Only in this case he removed Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino and replaced them with the likes of Sharon Stone and James Woods.   Is the movie the same as Gooodfellas?  Definitely not.  But it reminds me of how David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) keeps recycling his favorite actors into movies.   Oddly enough, Robert De Niro is in Russell’s films as well. While

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- Nat Berman

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Sneak Peek: Yesterday's Technology Tomorrow

15 March 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

On Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Season 2 Episode 2, the International Response Team is called to investigate two casualties when they resemble the Modus Operandi of Italy's most notorious serial killer.

But having your feet on the ground internationally isn't always the way to save the day.

On "II Mostro" it becomes a case of yesterday's technology today when Clara discovers Monty might have left out an important profile written up by Bau in 1993.

Nope, Monty doesn't leave anything out.

Instead, he's betting it's part of the archives that is still making its way into today's technology, being digitized and put into their system.

That means he's going to have to let his fingers do the walking.

The good news is the team will have a couple of experts on hand to help with some of the older information.

Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna guest stars as David Rossi for the hour. »

- Carissa Pavlica

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12 Movies You Forgot Samuel L Jackson Was in, From ‘Out of Sight’ to ‘Jurassic Park’ (Photos)

9 March 2017 3:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Samuel L Jackson’s IMDb page is endless – 172 credits, to be exact. Flip through TheWrap’s slideshow to see some of his roles you might’ve forgotten about. “RoboCop” (2014) Jackson starred in the 2014 remake of “RoboCop,” which also stared Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. “Out of Sight” (1998) Steven Soderbergh directed the 1998 crime comedy. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez were the lead actors in the film, while Jackson had a special appearance. He is uncredited in the film. “Goodfellas” (1990) Samuel L Jackson starred as Stacks Edwards, a character overshadowed by Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

22 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop.  Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days. »

- Edward Douglas

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Vision Films picks up action thriller 'Ultimate Justice'

13 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ruediger W. Kuemmerie’s martial arts film stars Mark Dacascos.

Us outfit Vision Films has picked up martial arts action thriller Ultimate Justice for worldwide sales.

Starring Mark Dacascos (Cradle 2 The Grave), Matthias Hues and Mike Moeller, the film follows a team of elite soldiers who are drawn back into battle when one of their families is threatened.

It marks the second feature from German-based production company Silent Partners, whose first film One Million K(I)cks was picked up for the Us by Parade Deck Films and for the UK by Evolutionary Films.

Ultimate Justice was directed by Martin Christopher Bode from a screenplay by Marco Theiss. Ruediger W. Kuemmerie produced with Mike Leeder and Markus R. Vogelbacher of International Film Partners executive produced. Mike Moller served as co-producer and choreographed the fight scenes, Alois Knapps was DoP.

China-based Kuemmerie self-financed the project and returned to his hometown of Goeppingen, Germany, to shoot »

- (Tom Grater)

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Goodfellas: the most compulsively watchable film ever made?

5 February 2017 1:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brogan Morris Feb 8, 2017

Some films earn critical acclaim and you only want to watch them once. Goodfellas? We could watch it on loop...

What is the most compulsively watchable film of all time? Not the greatest film – there are lists dedicated to solving that particular conundrum scattered all over the internet. Rather, the one film that begs you to return again and again, the one you can’t help but see through to the end when you happen to bump into it on a late night channel surf. Citizen Kane, Vertigo, 8 ½: greats, undisputed classics long vaunted by critics, but not necessarily the kinds of movies with the irresistible pull of a truly, compulsively watchable movie.

What could be the best of these? Raiders Of The Lost Ark, with its peak-Spielberg action-adventure stylings? Airplane!, a riotous and unfailingly quotable comedy that spawned a thousand imitators? Could even one as »

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Goodfellas review – a brash, menacing hightail through the death of the mob

19 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece zips along with relish, and his acting A-team – De Niro, Pesci, Liotta – are on top form as this brilliant comic nightmare unfolds

‘Being a gangster was better than being president of the United States!” Is it less of a choice than ever? The rerelease of Martin Scorsese’s brash and brilliant mob masterpiece from 1990 – about the rise and fall of Irish-Italian criminal Henry Hill, from the 60s to the 80s – is a reminder of what his very best work looks like, and you can feel again the stunning impact of his A-team: Robert De Niro as Jimmy “The Gent” Conway and the Oscar-winning Joe Pesci as his psychopathic buddy Tommy DeVito, with Paul Sorvino as the malevolent and slow-moving capo Paulie Cicero and the director’s mother Catherine Scorsese superb in her cameo as Tommy’s artistically inclined mom.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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